September 25, 2023 -Bahamians are grappling with the sudden death of Cabinet Minister Obediah Wilchcombe at the age of 65.
Outpouring of grief in Grand Bahama
Upon hearing the news, a wave of mourners convened at the Rand Memorial Hospital in Grand Bahama, forming a testament to the impact Wilchcombe had on many.
A life of service
The Prime Minister’s Office on Monday formally confirmed the news, highlighting Wilchcombe’s commendable roles as Minister of Social Services, Information and Broadcasting, and Leader of Government Business in the House of Assembly.
A statement released said that Wilchcombe’s dedication to public service has been a beacon, illuminating his significant contributions to the nation.
Currently in Grand Bahama, Prime Minister Philip Edward Davis is rendering his respects and extending condolences to the bereaved family.
On the other hand, Dr. Hubert Minnis, former Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for Killarney, communicated his profound condolences to the family and all those touched by Wilchcombe’s life.
Legacy of dedication
Describing Wilchcombe’s service, Minnis underscored the late Minister’s unwavering passion and commitment to The Bahamas.
Emphasizing the depth of the nation’s loss, he acknowledged that Wilchcombe’s relentless efforts towards the country’s betterment have etched a permanent mark in its history.
Wilchcombe, hailed for his relentless pursuit of improving citizen lives, first made strides in broadcast and journalism.
According to reports, his subsequent roles as a Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister further solidified his legacy.
Throughout his governmental tenure, especially as the Leader of Government Business in the House of Assembly, his leadership and undying dedication to the Bahamian populace shone brightly.